Tidioute boys hoops leads school’s return to District 10

Tidioute’s Jared Veasey goes up for a layup during a January game against Eisenhower. Veasey and the Bulldogs had a successful return to District 10, winning 13 games.

The 2018-19 school year was a historic one for high school athletics in Warren County.

As such, we decided to take a look back at the athletes and teams that made this season so special.

This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive overview of each team, but rather a look back at some of the most memorable moments.

Today, we take a look at the Tidioute Bulldogs.

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The boys basketball program, spearheaded by a talented senior class, had high expectations coming into the season.

Safe to say, even though the season ended with a D-10 semifinal loss to Commodore Perry, that those goals were achieved.

The Bulldogs finished 13-9, and their season got off to a fast 3-0 start, capped by a buzzer-beater by senior Patrick Shields to beat Maplewood.

Jared Veasey broke out and became one of the premier double-double guys in District 10, averaging just a shade over 17 points per game.

Shields, meanwhile, checked in at just under 10 per contest, with a strong combination of length and outside shooting ability. Ryan Williams, Maison Deloe, Derek Klos and Alex Sabella made up the core group that carried the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in Region 1 and a regular season sweep over Commodore Perry. They also went 2-1 against county rivals Eisenhower, Sheffield and Youngsville.

They also challenged themselves, adding a game against General McLane at Edinboro University to close the regular season to help them get a feel for the playoff atmosphere.

And, while they came up just short in the playoffs, this group, led by coach Terry Cotterman, led a resurgence for Tidioute basketball.

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The girls team won just a pair of games, but this group battled the whole season. They have a budding star in Nakiesha Krouse and a bulk of their roster returning next season.

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In the fall, the volleyball team went 6-9, including a sweep of Forest Area, as well as wins over Iroquois, Rocky Grove, Venango Catholic and Union.